Play ball: Lebanon boy to sing National Anthem at Sounds game

A Lebanon boy is already making a name for himself in Nashville, and his mom hopes it could become a career.
Apr 12, 2013
 Photo: Submitted to The Democrat

Then-5-year-old Grayson Campbell sings the National Anthem at a Nashville Sounds game in 2009. He will give a repeat performance at the Sounds' doubleheader April 27.

 

A Lebanon boy is already making a name for himself in Nashville, and his mom hopes it could become a career.

Grayson Campbell, 9, will sing the National Anthem at the Nashville Sounds baseball game April 27. But this isn't the first time he's been chosen for the honor.

"When he was 2 years old, he started to sing, and he's just been singing ever since," said his mother, Heather Campbell, adding Grayson now improves his skills with singing lessons.

He began his first public singing at the ball games when he was 4.

"We saw it in the paper that they were holding auditions," Campbell said. "He loves singing – he sings all the time."

The Sounds games are not the only place Grayson's voice has been recognized.

"He won first place at the Wilson County Fair last year," Campbell said, adding while a career as a singer is a goal, other goals will come first.

"The dream is there, but college will come first," she said. "It's hard to know where he will go, but Belmont is a possibility."

Studying at the Nashville school would make sense because it would keep him close to the Country Music Capitol of the World.

But that is far in the future. Now Grayson looks forward to the Sounds game and to his starring role in Castle Heights Elementary School's production of "The Little Mermaid" in May.

"He has the role of Sebastian the Crab, and he has two solos," Campbell said. "It's a big role."  

In the meantime, Grayson sings just for the pleasure of it.

"He loves old music like Conway Twitty songs," she said.

Grayson didn't hesitate to name a classic song from country music legend Ronnie Milsap as one of his favorites to sing.

"Smoky Mountain Rain," he said.

Grayson's mom hopes everyone can come out to the game to hear his version of the Star Spangled Banner.

"It's a double header, and there will be fireworks," she said, adding anyone who can't make it, should visit YouTube to see videos of him singing at past games.

 

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